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From the Stage to the StudioHow Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers$
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Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740529.001.0001

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(p.53) 4 Practicing
From the Stage to the Studio

Cornelia Watkins

Laurie Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which musicians practice and improve their musicianship. It asks what defines effective practice. Other questions it addresses include: How clear are the goals of practice? How is it possible to make the most out of its every minute? The development of expertise in music entails approximately ten thousand hours of systematic and goal-directed practice. Practicing requires performers to observe, make necessary adjustments, and observe again. The chapter explains the concept of warming up, sensory awareness, cognitive awareness and distractions during the process of practicing, and enumerates its basic steps.

Keywords:   practice, musicianship, warming up, sensory awareness, cognitive awareness, distractions, process of practicing

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